Every couple of months, the company AV-Test, The Independent IT-Security Institute runs a barrage of test on popular antivirus security programs to see how they compare to each other and whether they meet certain criteria to be effect as antivirus programs.
There latest tests was run on both Windows XP and Windows 7 and ran from September to October. The results were quite shocking; especially for those of us running Microsoft Security Essentials. Microsoft received the lowest rating of all security products test and was the only one that failed to receive AV-Test’s "Pass Certificate."
The tests that AV-Test run fall into three categories: protection, repairs and usability. In each category, a product can earn from 0 – 6 points per category. To become certified, a product needs to earn at least 11 out of 18 possible points. Of the 23 products that were tested, 16 products scored less this time than in the previous test.
- AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition = 12.5
- VIPRE Internet Security = 12.0
- Microsoft Security Essentials = 10.5
Each of products all scored a full 3 points lower than in the previous Windows 7 test. At 12.5 and 12.0 points respectively, AVG, and VIPRE barely passed. Microsoft at 10.5 points failed miserably.
- BitDefender Internet Security = 17
- F-Secure Internet Security = 16.5
- Kaspersky Internet Security = 16.5
- Norton Internet Security = 15.0
BitDefender Internet Security emerged as the victorious at the top of the list of contenders, with 17 points. F-Secure, Kaspersky came in at a close second with 16.5 points (the previous test had them at 15.5 and 15.0). Norton Internet Security dropped from 15.5 to 15.0.
Parallel tests were run by AV-Test on security products geared towards businesses such as F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro and Webroot.
The results showed very similar figures. In the lead was F-Secure with 16.5 points and Microsoft was again a dismal failure, sitting on the bottom with a scant 9.5 points; 2.5 points below the cutoff for the lowest level require to obtain AV-Test Certification.
Windows Defender comes pre-enabled on the new Windows 8 release in the absence of other security products installed leaving your system in a dismal state of vulnerability. I will definitely be uninstalling Microsoft Security Essentials tonight!